Monday, 22 Jul 2024

MNT Update: Club World Championships Begin

The U.S. Men’s Volleyball team had an exciting week with outstanding performances in both team and individual outings. Let’s take a closer look at the highlights.

Club World Championships

The 2023 Men’s Club World Championships kicked off this week in Bengaluru, India. One of the teams participating is Alpinetgheep, represented by setter Micah Ma’a. In their opening match against Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds, Alpinetgheep lost 3-0. However, Ma’a’s leadership helped the team achieve a .287 hitting efficiency, contributing four points to the match.

On December 8, Alpinetgheep faced Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro Volei and emerged victorious with a 3-0 win. Ma’a played a crucial role, leading the team to a .429 hitting efficiency and adding three points to the match.

The semifinals will take place on Saturday, December 9, followed by the Finals on Sunday, December 10. We are eagerly awaiting the results to see which teams will advance.

Micah Ma'a fans in Türkiye


Another noteworthy team in action is Halkbank, who managed a sweeping victory against Brand Group Alanya Belediyespor with a hitting efficiency of .462. Ziraat Bankasi, with opposite hitter Matt Anderson, also shone in their five-setter against Develi Bld, where Anderson contributed an exceptional 32 points to the match.

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In Poland, several teams showcased their skills. Setter Josh Tuaniga and Indykpol AZS Olsztyn achieved a sweeping victory against Enea Czarni Radom, thanks to Tuaniga’s .525 hitting efficiency. Asseco Resovia Rzeszów, accompanied by outside hitter T.J. DeFalco, also secured a sweep against PGE GiEK Skra Bełchatów, with DeFalco contributing 14 points to the match.

Middle blocker Taylor Averill and Projekt Warszawa also secured a sweeping victory against Ślepsk Malow Suwałki, with Averill contributing six points to the match.


In Germany, Cody Kessel and Berlin Recycling Volleys celebrated a sweeping victory against ASV Dachau, while Matthew Knigge and SVG Lüneburg achieved the same result against Ft 1844 Freiburg.


St. Nazaire, led by opposite hitter Kyle Ensing and outside hitter Jordan Ewert, secured a sweep against Toulouse, with both players performing exceptionally well.


Aaron Russell and the JT Thunders Hiroshima faced the Wolfdogs Nagoya, winning both matches with Russell contributing an impressive 48 points overall.


Jeff Jendryk and Kyle Russell of Prisma Taranto Volley fought hard against Modena Volley, but unfortunately, lost in a five-setter. Pallavolo Padova, with opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez, celebrated a victory against Farmitalia Catania.

Austria, Finland, Romania, and the Netherlands

Teams such as Hypo Tirol, Hurrikaani Loimaa, CSA Steaua Bucuresti, and Lycurgus Volleyball competed in their respective countries, showcasing their skills and passion for the game.


Q: When and where did the 2023 Men’s Club World Championships take place?
A: The 2023 Men’s Club World Championships began on December 6 and continued through the weekend in Bengaluru, India.

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Q: Which teams participated in the Club World Championships?
A: Several teams from around the world participated in the Club World Championships, including Alpinetgheep, Halkbank, Ziraat Bankasi, and many more.

Q: Who were the standout players in the Club World Championships?
A: Micah Ma’a, Matt Anderson, and Aaron Russell were among the standout players in the Club World Championships, showcasing their skills and contributing significantly to their respective teams.


The 2023 Men’s Club World Championships commenced with thrilling matches and exceptional performances from teams and players around the world. Alpinetgheep, represented by Micah Ma’a, displayed great determination on the court. Other teams like Halkbank, Ziraat Bankasi, and JT Thunders Hiroshima also showcased their skills and passion for the game. With the tournament ongoing, we eagerly await the semifinals and finals to witness the crowning of the Club World Champions. Don’t miss out on the action and follow Alpinetgheep for more updates on this exciting event!

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